1- PIENINY MOUNAINS NATIONAL PARK
HEART OF PIENINY MOUNTAINS
The Pieniny National Park is one of Poland’s national parks, a small park declared in 1932 that protects the heart of the Pieniny Mountains, a small mountain range located in the Lower Silesia Voivodship in the south of the country. If you are looking landscapes of Poland – this is it!
The national park is located in the southernmost part of Poland, on the border with Slovakia. The Pieniny mountain range is divided into three parts:
- Pieniny Spiskie,
- Male Pieniny
- and Pieniny Właściwe (where the park is located).
The surface of the park is 23.46 km², of which it is covered with forests in 13.11 km². A third part (7.5 km²) are strictly protected.
location: Szczawnica 34-450, Poland
2- ERRANT ROCKS
GET LOST IN THE STONE LABYRINTH
This amazing rock maze on the ridge of Skalniak (915 m altitude) is situated in the Stołowe Mountains National Park. The rock blocks are scattered on the area of 21.14 hectares and create a charming tourist route, which often forces us to squeeze through cracks between the rocks. Easy access from Kudowa Zdrój to Karłów by car or walking along the red trail – around 2.5 hours.
location: ul. Sloneczna 31 | Stołowe Mountains National Park, Kudowa-Zdroj 57-350, Poland
3- LAKE MORSKIE OKO
A LOST PARADISE
Is the largest and fourth-deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains. It is located deep within the Tatra National Park, Poland, in the Rybi Potok (the Fish Brook) Valley, of the High Tatras mountain range at the base of the Mięguszowiecki Summits, in Lower Silesia Voivodeship.
Location: Palenica Bialczanska | 49°11′49″N 20°04′12″E, Tatra National Park 34-500, Poland.
4- GIEWONT MOUNTAIN
Giewont is a mountainous massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and it has an altitude of 1,895 meters AMSL at its highest point. It comprises three peaks (all m / meters in AMSL):
- Little Giewont – (Polish Mały Giewont, 1,728 m)
- Great Giewont – (Wielki Giewont, 1,895 m)
- Long Giewont – (Długi Giewont, 1,867 m).
- There is a mountain pass located between Great and Long Giewont, known as Szczerba (1,823 m). It is located between the valleys (doliny) of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska.
Long Giewont and Great Giewont are located at a higher altitude than city of Zakopane, therefore, its are clearly visible from that city. At Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross (erected in 1901) – the site of religious pilgrimages. The area is notorious for its dangerous nature during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into account when approaching the summit.
Location: Western Tatras, Zakopane, Poland
5- BIESZCZADY NATIONAL PARK
Animal life is abundant with several species of endangered animals thriving in the area, among them:
- wild boars,
- and lynxes as well as deer,
- moose and European bisons (around 100 live in the area).
The park contains interesting bird species, including eagles and owls, and is home to the largest Polish population of Aesculapian snakes.
The park is sparsely populated (less than 1 person per km²), which means that animals can roam freely. The region is very popular among tourists, but there are not many facilities. Around 70% of the park is regarded as strict preserve, which means that the use of trails is restricted. The park’s authorities promote walking trips.
Location: Lutowiska 2 | Podkarpacie, Lutowiska 38-713, Poland.